Arts & Autos Extravaganza this coming weekend offers a relaxing, free, family-oriented event that may be a welcome distraction for Harvey victims staying in Denton.

Arts & Autos Extravaganza this coming weekend offers a relaxing, free, family-oriented event that may be a welcome distraction for Harvey victims staying in Denton.

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Need weekend plans? We have you covered!

Vroom, vroom!

You could call this the weekend of car shows. There are four notable events around D-FW that cater to different styles and interests — and three of them are free to attend. 

Arts and Autos Extravaganza

In Denton, you can pair hot rods and classic cars with sides of live music and art at the 19th annual Arts and Autos Extravaganza. Cars will be parked around the downtown square, where you'll also find family-friendly arts and crafts, food vendors, and chalk drawings.

In Grapevine, the ItalianCarFest showcases more than 90 different vehicles from Fiats to Ferraris. This event at Nash Farm is a kick-off event to GrapeFest, which takes place Sept. 13-16.

In Farmers Branch, trucks play a starring role in the Pickups-N-Panels Classic Car and Truck Shootout. In addition to the show, the event offers a bounce, food for purchase, games and an auction. Admission is free for spectators, but proceeds from registrants and the auction benefit VeteranHelp.org and the American Cancer Society.

Dallas Dub Show

Finally, the Dallas Dub Show cruises through the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, bringing with it custom-built muscle cars, luxury vehicles, low-riders, motorcycles and more. This event always comes with a stacked music lineup. This year, rappers Jeezy, Paul Wall, Yella Beezy and others will perform. Other attractions include BMX stunt riders doing tricks.

The car shows in the suburbs all happen on Saturday and are free to attend. The outlier is the Dallas Dub Show, which takes place Sunday and costs $25-$45 to attend.

Fest so hard

Festivals of different flavors also abound this weekend. Grand Prairie is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with the Fiestas Patrias festival. Hosted by La Grande 107.5 FM, this event includes live music, carnival rides and other family-friendly activities. The party starts at noon on Sunday at Traders Village and is free to attend, though parking costs $4.

The Edge of Texas

Texas Monthly magazine is hosting the Edge of Texas festival this weekend at the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas. Expect documentary screenings, expert panels and culinary experiences inspired by life in the Lone Star State.

Friday, Edge of Texas pays homage to the rise of outlaw country with a showing of They Called Us Outlaws, followed by live music from Joe Ely, Jack Ingram and Hank Williams, Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams. Saturday, celebrities John Tesar, Rachel Lindsay and Dale Hansen will be dishing on Texas topics such as barbecue and the border. The finale event later that evening features food, drinks and live music.

Get in on the weekend's worth of activities for $85 per day or $200 for the weekend.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).

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